A lousy day for the UK is not quite what I had envisioned for this UK-heavy mix — if anything I was hoping it would serve as a post-Remain-vote tribute to the cultural benefits of immigration, since pretty much none of the music I promote these days on the blog would exist without it. But so it goes, as my heart goes out to Britons who may be feeling less loved by their country today. Anyways that’s a lot of nonsense to pile onto what is supposed to be a party-ready mix of bass heavy tracks, so let’s get into the weekend — never mind the Brexit hangover.
This one is especially rugged – lots of raw, sort of distorted sounds, though there’s a nice mellow bit in the middle with the Mala single (which is gorgeous) and the SBTRKT/Jessie Ware collab. My favourite tune in here is definitely the DJ Big O remix of the BFlecha tune. I could mix a whole set of that. And don’t sleep on the Ill Blu tune either – Hyperdub just killing it with their comps lately…
Haven’t had time to do much in the way of posting lately, but I’ve got a couple of mixes on deck to share, starting with this one. That Evian Christ track in particular is a stormer. Get up on it like this.
Rough and rugged, rugged and raw – is anyone else feeling like grime is having a moment? There’s plenty beyond that realm in this ruffneck bizness mix, but I do have to say that the Boxed Vol. 1 comp feels like the actual resurgence of that sound that the Grime 2.0 comp was trying to manufacture (not that Ninja Tune’s set was unwelcome). Lock into this sound like you’re sitting in a beat-up Ford Fiesta trying to pull in some bashment pirate radio…
If your September was anywhere as batshit crazy as mine, the flurry of new albums saw a few winners slip through the cracks. Time for another update of Ye Old Late Pass series: September albums edition.
Producers have been dropping seriously fast tracks lately and try as I might, I couldn’t fit them in a mix. So I made a whole new mix that starts brisk and ends somewhere past breakneck speed. It’s a face-ripper, folks. Highlights include a cut from the banging new Machinedrum album and a killer 12-inch on Metalheadz by, of all people, Om Unit. This one goes to 11.
1. Pinch & Shackleton – Torn & Submerged
2. Boody & LE1F – Soda (MikeQ & Divoli S’vere Daughter’s Ha Remix)
3. Visionist – Escape
4. Nomine – Anxiety Tribe
5. Wiley – Flying (Bass mix)
6. Addison Groove – Footcrab
7. RP Boo – Steamidity
8. Traxman – War On Mars ft. DJ Fred
9. DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn – Brighter Days
10. John Wizards – Limpop
11. Ruffhouse – Greyscale
12. Machinedrum – Gunshotta
13. System – Sound Man
14. Mark Pritchard – Soundboy Fuck Off
15. Om Unit – The Hand
16. Addison Groove & Sam Binga – Ol Man Ek
As a kid, I used to go to Caribana every year with my parents. It didnâ€™t seem like a big deal at the time, it was just a cool parade to go to. But apparently despite it being a huge event that attracts over a million people, Caribana is not the done thing among my fellow cracker-ass crackers in this city, which I find perplexing. We eagerly consume the Caribbean communityâ€™s food, we at least flirt with the music (itâ€™s rare you can get away with a pop or hip-hop DJ set in this city without dropping some Sean Paul in there), but that seems to be where it ends. I say we need to get out there, and if youâ€™re a Toronto person with an interest in music, this weekend is an embarrassment of riches, even aside from soca/dancehall and hip-hop club nights. Here’s a handy guide to events outside the usual Caribana circuit, because if youâ€™re not going to touch di road, at least stroll along the sidewalk.